Brussels Griffon | Health Characteristics

Brussels Griffon - Health Characteristics


The typical life span of a Griffon is 12 to 15 years.

Common Health Problems

Griffons have a handful of various health issues, including both physiological and genetic.

Reproductive Problems

Breeding can be a difficult health issue for the Griffons. Because of the size of the breed, it is not uncommon for some complications to cause a Caesarean section to be needed. The size of a litter is typically one to three puppies, though it is not unheard of for a litter to have as many as six.

Eye Problems

Lacerations are a common issue amongst the breed. Because the Griffons have such large eyes and a short snout, there is very little to protect their vision from foreign bodies. If a laceration is left untreated it can result in blindness.

As with most breeds, cataracts are a common problem as the dog ages. Lens luxation can be fairly common in the breed and result in secondary glaucoma. Glaucoma can also be a common issue amongst Griffons due to the breeds facial features and eye size.

Respiratory Problems

Due to their shortened snout, heat stroke is a major concern for the breed. The Griffon's smashed face may cause serious respiratory issues in extreme heat. Because of this danger Griffons are not favored for walking or living outside in warmer climates.



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